GMA News and Public Affairs

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GMA News and Public Affairs
Created by GMA Network Inc.
Country Philippines
Key people Marissa Flores, SVP, News & Public Affairs
John Manalastas, Head - News Programs
Clyde Mercado, Head - GMA Public Affairs
Nessa Valdellon, Head - GMA News TV
Florian Balmes, Head - GMA News Research
Jaymark Tordecilla, Head - GMA News Online
Grace dela Peña, Head - News Operations
Oliver Victor Amoroso, Officer-in-Charge - Regional TV
Slogan Walang Kinikilingan, Walang Pinoprotektahan, Walang Kasinungalingan, Serbisyong Totoo Lamang
(Nothing is Favored, Nothing is Protected, No Lies, True Service Only)
Ang News Authority ng Pilipino
(The News Authority of the Filipino)
Sagot Namin ang Balita, Kahit Saan, Kahit Kailan
(We Answer the News, Anywhere, Anytime)

GMA News and Public Affairs (formerly known as RBS News Department, GMA Radio-Television News and GMA Rainbow Satellite News; and commonly GMA News) is the news and public affairs programming division of GMA Network Inc.

The division produces news, public affairs, infotainment, and lately, entertainment programs for GMA Network and GMA News TV owned and affiliated television and radio stations in the Philippines, and internationally through GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International.

GMA News and Public Affairs is currently headed by Marissa Flores and is headquartered at the Ground Floor of GMA Network Center in Quezon City.[1]


GMA News and Public Affairs logo with the "Serbisyong Totoo" tagline, an older logo as well.

News division[edit]

The GMA News division traces its origin from the Republic Broadcasting System (RBS), established by Robert Stewart in 1950. The programming of its flagship AM radio station, DZBB, depended mostly on news reports. The station covered the eruption of Mt. Hibok-Hibok in 1951 and the election and death of the former Philippine president Ramon Magsaysay.

While RBS Channel 7 was established in 1961, it was in the 1970s that GMA became one of the most-watched television news source in the country. In 1983, Channel 7 was the first to break the news of Ninoy Aquino's death and later would be the only television station to broadcast his funeral. The channel also became the first station to broadcast the Ramos-Enrile break-away that led to the People Power Revolution, also known as EDSA Revolution. In 1998, GMA teamed up with The Philippine Daily Inquirer to produce the coverage of that year's election.

GMA News became a pioneer in local television news in many ways. GMA became the first TV network to be fully reporting the news in Filipino language with their late-night newscast GMA Network News in 1992 which was anchored by Mike Enriquez and Vicky Morales. GMA was one of the pioneers of women in broadcast journalism. Tina Monzon-Palma was one of the first female co-anchors when she first presented News at Seven, one of the most-watched news programs in the 1970s and Helen Vela was the first woman to anchor news in Filipino for GMA Balita and Mel Tiangco was the first late-night sole anchor for Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco in 1992. GMA was the first to broadcast a hourly news bulletin program. GMA News Roundup aired from 1974 to 1976, the program was later replaced by GMA News Digest in 1976, GMA News Live in 1987, GMA Flash Report in 2002, and most recently, GMA News Update in 2016.

The station was also the first to use a ticker for breaking news and traffic information. In 1995, GMA News was the first to use Electronic News Gathering Vans in the country. In 2004, it regularly began to use Satellite News Gathering facilities to reach more remote areas. GMA News also covered major events in the country such as the World Youth Day 1995, 2000 Today and 2003 World Meeting of Families.

In 2006, GMA News was praised by the Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for its news coverage, and said that it was the reason for the network's high ratings. In the 2006 SWS Media Trust survey, GMA News garnered 60% of public trust, second only to rival ABS-CBN with 68%. But a similar Pulse Asia survey shows that GMA News is the more credible in the country and to key demographics. [1]

Public Affairs division[edit]

GMA’s Public Affairs division was established in 1987[2] when Tina Monzon-Palma, then head of GMA News, recognized that a 30-minute newscast was not adequate and sufficient to inform the general Filipino public on what is happening to the recently established Aquino government after the historic People Power Revolution[3] in February 1986.[4] The public affairs division started with five news personnel including Marissa La Torre Flores (now handles GMA News and Public Affairs as senior vice president) and held office inside the cameramen’s locker room before moving into the state-of-the-art GMA Network Center with no experience, equipment, camera and an improvised set broadcasting at the old GMA building in EDSA with only a passion-to-work attitude.[2] Now with more than 500 news personnel—here and abroad—and producing 16 of the most awarded programs on Philippine television today.

Weekend with Velez was the first network-produced public affairs program on GMA, afterward renamed to Velez This Week and was hosted by Jose Mari Velez.[2] Later that year it was joined by other public affairs shows such as Firing Line with Teddy Benigno (later on hosted by Oscar Orbos); View Point with Dong Puno; Straight from the Shoulder hosted by Louie Beltran and The Probe Team by Che-Che Lazaro and Issues and Answers hosted by Art Borjal.

From a makeshift and improvised set, the once GMA News garnered several honors and recognitions from local and international award-giving bodies, including two gold medals in the New York Festivals and their first Peabody Award in 1999,[5] one of the most distinguished merits in the broadcast industry, the only one awarded to an Asian country. The first Peabody was given for Kidney for Sale, an investigative work on the selling of kidneys in a depressed area along the coast of Manila Bay. The award also recognizes Marissa Flores as the executive producer and a team of producers, writers, directors and reporters, as well as Jessica Soho, Michelle Seva-Recto, Jay Taruc, Leogarda Sanchez and Rowel Cornejo, Melchor Quintos and Gregg Gonzales.

When the Philippine longest-running noontime show, Eat Bulaga!, celebrated its silver anniversary in 2004, Public Affairs co-produced Eat Bulaga: Silver Special with the noontime program's production company, TAPE Inc.. Arnold Clavio hosted the program with his fellow Unang Hirit host Rhea Santos. Clavio was a contestant in a former segment of the noontime show.

Coinciding with its 20th anniversary in broadcasting excellence, GMA News and Public Affairs aired a documentary entitled 20: Dalawampung Taon ng GMA Public Affairs (20: Twenty Years of GMA Public Affairs) on October 28, 2007.[6]


GMA Network's then flagship newscast, Saksi, won the 1999 Asian Television Awards and 2002 New York Festival awards for Best Newscast.

In 1999, George Foster Peabody Award recognized the documentaries "Kidneys for Sale" and "Kamao" by Jessica Soho and the I-Witness team and Jay Taruc’s child labor story on Brigada Siete.[7] On December 9, 2003 the Philippine House of Representatives 12th Congress commended GMA News and Public Affairs through Resolution 787[8] authored by Rep. Rodolfo Plaza for its efforts in uplifting the standards of the Philippine broadcast industry by receiving the first Peabody Award for television news awarded to an Asian country in 1999.[9] In 2010, Kara David's I-Witness documentary, "Ambulansiyang de Paa," won GMA News and Public Affairs' second Peabody Award.[7] GMA News TV's documentary program Reel Time's "Salat" episode received a Peabody Award in 2013.[10] In 2014, Peabody awards recognized GMA News' State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, 24 Oras, Saksi, 24 Oras Weekend and Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho for its coverage of the Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).[11][12]


Currently aired[edit]

GMA Network[edit]

GMA News TV shows[edit]

Regional newscasts[edit]

Defunct programs[edit]

Defunct regional newscasts[edit]

Defunct regional public affairs shows[edit]

  • Arangkada (GMA Iloilo and GMA Bacolod)
  • Buena Mano Balita (GMA Cebu)
  • Una Ka BAI (GMA Davao)
  • Primera Balita (GMA Dagupan)
  • Isyu Ngayon
    • Isyu Ngayon North Central Luzon (GMA 10 Dagupan)
    • Isyu Karon Central Visayas (GMA 7 Cebu)
    • Isyu Subong Ilonggo (GMA 6 Iloilo)
    • Isyu Subong Negrense (GMA 13 and 30 Bacolod)
    • Isyu Ngonian Bicolandia (GMA 7 Naga and 12 Legazpi)
    • Isyu Karon Southern Mindanao (GMA 5 Davao)
    • Isyu Karon Socsksargen (GMA 8 General Santos)
    • Isyu Karon Northern Mindanao (GMA 12 and 35 Cagayan de Oro)
    • Isyu Mindanao (GMA Davao, GMA Northern Mindanao and GMA General Santos)
  • Isyu ug Istorya (GMA Davao, GMA Northern Mindanao and GMA General Santos)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GMA Network - Management". 
  2. ^ a b c Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (October 23, 2007). "GMA Public Affairs celebrates 20 years of public service on October 28". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved October 23, 2007. 
  3. ^ Abueva, Jose (February 22, 1999). "People's Perception of People Power". Center for Southeast Asian Studies. 
  4. ^ Montalvan, Antonio II (March 10, 2008). "Kris-Crossing Mindanao: People Power Parodies". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 10, 2008. 
  5. ^ "2008 George Foster Peabody Awards Honors Broadcasting Excellence". 
  6. ^ GMANews.TV (October 4, 2007). "20 years of GMA Public Affairs: The humble beginnings". 
  7. ^ a b "I-Witness wins Peabody award". The Philippine Star. April 8, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ "House Resolution 787, Philippine House of Representative 12th Congress". December 9, 2003. Retrieved 2003-12-09. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Peabody Awards". Retrieved 2003.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ "GMA News TV's 'Reel Time' accepts George Foster Peabody Award in New York". GMA News Online. GMA Network, Inc. GMA News. May 28, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ "GMA Network receives prestigious Peabody Award for Yolanda coverage". GMA News Online. GMA Network, Inc. GMA News. May 20, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  12. ^ "GMA earns 4th Peabody, dedicates it to Yolanda victims". The Philippine Star. June 3, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 

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